Professor of Strategy and Policy

The U.S. Naval War College. The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise and eventually serve as senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. More information on the college can be found at

Strategy & Policy Department. The Strategy & Policy Department is renowned for its use of a multi-disciplinary case study approach to integrate history, strategic theory, political science, economics, and security studies to critically analyze historical and contemporary conflicts. The Strategy & War and Strategy & Policy courses challenge students to grapple with the complex interrelationship of grand strategy, policy aims, national and coalition strategy, and military operations. Additional details regarding the Naval War College and the Strategy & Policy Department curriculum can be obtained by visiting the Naval War College website at: Strategy & Policy Department.

Responsibilities. The position is in the Strategy & Policy Department at any rank from Assistant to Full Professor with duties including: conducting classroom and online instruction; lecturing as required, reviewing and evaluating student essays, examinations, and other written and verbal assessments; developing curricula; performing various types of service to the College; traveling to, and lecturing at, nonresident seminars around the country as required; and performing educational administrative functions as required. The Strategy & War and Strategy & Policy courses are currently taught in the fall and winter trimesters from August to March. Each case study involves a slate of three-to four-lectures delivered to the entire course followed by seminars averaging 12 students who are mid-career officers and civilian government employees. Sections are team-taught by a civilian academic and a military faculty member. Anticipated starting date is Summer 2024.

Qualifications. Candidates must have a Ph.D., and a significant record of teaching and scholarship. A Ph.D. in Diplomatic or International History, War Studies, Naval/ Maritime History, Military History, International Relations, Political Science, International Security Affairs, Political Economy, Regional Studies, or a related field is highly desired. Expertise in North, East, Central, and/or South Asia is particularly desirable, but not required.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance at the SECRET level.
Salary Considerations. Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule and NWC policy. This is a tenure track position. This is not a remote work position; however, the incumbent may be eligible for situational telework as determined by policy and the position requirements. The incumbent may be expected to travel on occasion.

Application Procedures. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-08 and forward their material as one application package via email to: The application package should include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample (no more than 50 pages in length), (4) names and contact information for three references, and (5) three signed letters of recommendation. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm (EDT), 10 May 2024.
Signed letters of recommendation can be sent independently of the application package and should be sent via email to (preferred method) or be mailed via post to:
Strategy & Policy Department
U.S. Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207
ATTN: Laura Cavallaro

Questions about the position should be directed via email to Dr. Marybeth P. Ulrich, Chair of the Strategy & Policy Department at:

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume/CV and attach supporting documentation (DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”) to their submission. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and supporting documents of the claimed disability (e.g., disability letter from the VA). The SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at Active duty members must submit a statement of service with their application.

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.